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saw inside the sandy hook elementary school. >> the crime scene itself is something that has made a mark in all of our minds. the task of that responsibility with the crime scene is something that we will never be able to erase. >> there will never be a good enough explanation why 20 elementary students were gunned down but we all need answers. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from newtown connecticut. state police is working around the clock. their investigation of the school massacre is very methodical and very, very painful. joining us now, lieutenant paul vance. he's become the face, the spokesman of this investigation. the connecticut state police. lieutenant vance, we're here in your office in middletown, connecticut. i know it must be hard on the journalists so it must be so much more hard on the men and women that work at the connecticut state police. what has it been like? >> it's been a horrible, tragic scene. the initial response was just horrific. the men and woman that risked their lives going in there trying to stop the aggression, trying to stop the shooting and carnage a
rifles in all of our stores chainwide. >>> grief counselors will be on hand this morning. sandy hook elementary school remains closed. jessica rekos will be laid to rest today. she couldn't wait until her 10th birthday to get a horse. she adored them. >>> another big story out of washington where there's been huge movement in the fiscal cliff wrangling with 14 days left to go before huge across-the-board tax hikes. overnight we learned that president obama made an eye-opening new offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under this new proposal, tax rates would go up on incomes above $400,000. for years the president has campaigned that that number should start at $250,000. he's also offering some new spending cuts to go along with this. speaker boehner's latest proposal called for the tax hikes to kick in at $1 million. cnn's dan lothian is in washington with the latest on this. dan, it really does look like there is some movement. >> it does. this movement came during a meeting the president had with speaker john boehner yesterday at the white house. that meeting lasted for 4
was watching president obama and chris christie there at hurricane sandy. it was -- pivotal political moment this year. most memorable scene and for a country looking for people who can work together across party lines it was a new symbol. >> and ruinous for whom? >> i don't think it's ruinous for christie at all. >> no, no. not christie. ruin the romney. >> oh for sure. >> romney was nowhere to be seen and he had been -- he had the big mo going in. best political theater u. n. ambassador susan rice spinning the benghazi attack. she ended the soap opera with letter withdrawing from her petition for the united states. >> that's the worst? worst is my friend clint eastwood. in the empty chair. >> now wait a minute. >> brought it out -- >> a lot of people liked that. >> it was okay -- i mean it was interesting. >> not good -- >> it blotted out all the film of the great things mitt had done. >> eleanor? >> that's right. okay worst political theater i'm more serious. the senate republicans voting down the u. n. treaty on people with disabilities after senator bob dole made an appearance pleading
of my childhood no longer exist. >> after sandy ravaged the jersey shore days prior to the election, the nations of governor chris christie, a romney supporter, buddying up to president obama. >> when you know you have a responsibility to those folks, you could give a dam about the politics of things. i could care less today. >> what is chris christie's political future? >> re-election looks quite probable, to the point where the mayor of newark, seen as his principal opponent, has decided to look in other venues to pursue his own political future. he record the highest favorable job rating ever found in any governor of new jersey in its history after his handling of sandy. >> that that natural disaster and the reaction of governor christie and the reaching out to the president -- did that help president obama? >> it certainly did. i do not think it was decisive. if the election had been held a week earlier, you look at the polls on that day, but it was a lot closer. i think obama would have won, but it would not have been an electoral landslide. i think his 2.8% advantage in the po
caused the gunman to snap and go on the shooting rampage in sandy hook elementary school. peter doocy joins us with the exclusive. >> good morning, gretchen, adam lanza may are killed because he was mad at his mom for wanting to have him committed. that is it according to a hoo reason who took fox nuse.com, that adam believed that nancy loved the school where she was volunteering more than him and what i was told adam was aware of her participating the court for conservatorship and her plan to have him committed. high was upset and he thought she wanted to send him away. he was really, really angry. the new york post reported that adam lived in his mom's windowless basement with posters covered by posters of gunce. he would play videos. it was a game called the first person shooter game. police didn't find psychiatric drugs in the lanza house and the medical examiner hased a geneist to figure out if there was a trait that could have led adam lanza to mass murder here. here in connecticut there will be funeral for the victims and one of the teachers killed. >> brian: it is interesting
. there is no escaping the fact that the massacre at sandy hook elementary stands out or -- for its awfulness. the murder of so many little children and the adults who tried to save them does not just break our hearts, it shatters them. the last few days have been steering for all of us and the days ahead will be, too. over the weekend we begin to see the faces of the children, and to hear their stories. one parent stood up in front of the cameras on saturday and shared with the nation on an impromptu eulogy of his six- year-old daughter, emily. it was a remarkable moment. emily was bright and creative. and very loving, he said. we marveled at his courage. and now the funerals, 10 of them this week. in one church alone. it has been said many times that no words are adequate to live the agony of a parent like robbie parker. what happened on friday is something no parent of a young child could ever prepare for. but i think president obama spoke for all of us in the very moving meditation he offered last night on the singularity of of parental love. there is literally nothing we would not do for our kids. t
held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its silence. the powerful gun lobby will hold a major news conference to announce the actions it plans to take in the wake of the elementary school tragedy. the national rifle association breaking that silence for the first time yesterday saying it was prepared to make meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. the gun rights organization and gun rights advocates in congress both under publ
: billy ray cyrus, paula deen and you can help the sandy victim audience. >> steve: plus ashanti. >> brian: if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio everybody. we'll figure it out in time. fox news alert now. the president promised action. the white house announcing vice president joe biden will head an administrationwide effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newt down massacre. what form that takes is not clear. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom.". >> hi, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. the president said he would to everything in his power to bring about change after a gunman massacred 26 people including 20 young first-graders at a connecticut elementary school. we're told he will announce the effort today. it will happen a couple hours from now. bill: steve centanni from the white house. what do we expect there, steve? >> reporter: well, bill, we expect the president and vice president joe biden come into the briefing room in a couple hours and begin process gathering information from inside their administration to formulate new policy, any kind o
and teacher victoria soto. classes will resume for sandy hook students january 2nd in nearby monroe. >> we're not sure what will happen to sandy hook. at this point, the teachers are telling me and the parents are telling me they don't want to walk back into that building. >>> the benghazi breakdown, the scathing findings of an independent investigation blames the state department from top to bottom. >> mistakes were made, lives were lost, and lessons need to be learned. >> there's no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. >>> what will be the fallout for secretary of state hillary clinton? >>> and spidy senses activate, how did president obama get caught in the hero's web? >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama has just held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff. joining me, managing editor of postpolitics.com. it was called to discuss the gun task force, but clearly t
connecticut 9:30 tomorrow morning marking the moment one week earlier when bullets ripped through the sandy hook elementary can school. final preparations are being made for tributes to the 26 students and educators who were killed last friday morning at that elementary school. poppy harlow spoke with one of the boyfriends of one of the victims buried today, lauren rousseau. tomorrow morning, 9:30 a.m. eastern, poppy. >> reporter: absolutely, wolf. i mean, this community is still reeling. they are really living minute by minute here trying to get by. lauren rousseau, this beautiful young woman, 30 years old, told her mother that she had wanted to be a teacher since before she was even in kindergarten. she got to live out that dream but her life was cut far too short. >> this says, me, since i've been with you. thanks for rubbing off on me. >> reporter: 30 and in love, tony and lauren rousseau. do you remember the moment that you were in love with her? >> yes. like right -- the first date i had with her i knew. >> reporter: at a wine bar where they shared their first kiss. lauren called him
than a week since we learned the devastating news of the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. today, we'll remember the victims. we'll also go in depth on where the investigation stands, and talk with dr. sanjay gupta and drew pinsky, about what medical science has learned about the mind of a killer. we'll also look ahead of where do we go from here? especially when it comes to the right to bear arms in the united states, and what president obama called the nation's epidemic of gun violence. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. we begin our special edition of "the situation room" by focusing in on the search for answers. why? why would a 20-year-old man kill his mother, then gun down 20 children and six adults at the sandy hook elementary school before taking his own life? why? police are not the only ones pouring over the evidence, exploring answers. medical investigators are all over this case as well. let's go to our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. he is joining us now. now, sanjay
victims of the sandy hook elementary school shooting. seven year old josephine gay. joey as she was often called. loved the color purple, her i-pad, and barbie dolls. her parents said she had a zest for life. a 90 minute service was held for her saturday. with people leaving cards and notes outside the church. police officers were also there, paying their respects. and in utah. another victim of the school massacre was laid to rest. a service for six year old emilie parker was held across the street from where her parents first started dating. emile was buried next to her grandfather. he died just a few months ago. residents of ogden, utah tied pink ribbons around trees to show their support. pink was emilie's favorite color. >> as newtown held funerals, one after another, all week long, one radio station in town became a shoulder to cry on for many locals. "chaz and a-j in the morning" is usually a fun and light-hearted start to the morning. but in the days since the shootings, hundreds of people have called in to share tears, memories and advice about moving on. >> we like to call it a
that all america remembers from last friday of the children at sandy hook school in newtown, connecticut, filing out heading for safety at the firehouse. i don't know that i can look at the faces of these children as their names have been roartd and not think of my own kids when they were that age and especially of my own grandchildren now who were just a little over a year old. but i saw in the eyes of those children what all of us see, an innocence, happiness, an interest in the future and just the greatest dreams in the world. well, in one brutal, debraved -- deprived hometown those dreams ended when that gunman forced way into sandy hook school and shot those poor, innocent children. at that moment some people stepped forward who really became heroes of the day. four teachers, rachel davino, anne marie murphy, lauren rousseau, victor yoa soat pe merry sherlach the school psychologist, and dawn hochsprung the principal who walked into the face of this gunman to try to stop him from harming any chirp. we'd like to think any of us would rise to a standard of courage they showed. i hope
storm sandy, but the relief is hardly a done deal because the bill faces an uncertain future in the house. molly henneberg is live in washington to ex it. >> there are a couple of reasons why the sandy aid legislation may along wish in the house. price of the bill and number two the calendar. let's go to number one. some conservative lawmakers are uncomfortable with the $60.4 billion aid package passed by the senate. a congressman says congress needs to figure out where to get that money. >> i'm saying this is somebody who knows it may be me next. it may be my district. somebody has to pay for it. it's right thing to do. we can't continue to borrow this money to pay for things we wanted. we have to find that savings someplace else. >> reporter: the possible holdup in the house prompted the governors of new jersey and connecticut to send a letter to lawmakers leaning to them to approve the money. senate has passed this aid package in a bipartisan manner and there is no reason the house should not do the same. with the house reconvening to avoid the fiscal cliff, remember that
the highest favorable job rating ever found in any governor of new jersey after his handling of sandy. >> did that natural disaster and the reaction of governor christie and the reaching out to the president -- did that help president obama? >> it certainly did. i do not think it was decisive. if the election had been held a week earlier and you look at the polls, and to was a lot closer. i think obama would have won, but it would not have been an electoral landslide. i think his 2.8% advantage in the popular vote probably would have been a pointless. people ask how important obama's reaction, handling of sandy was, 9% said it was the most important issue. i think 18% said it was one of the most important issues. a very high number. if you look at the trajectory of the polls, it clearly had an effect, but i do not think it was a decisive effect. i think the roots of the defeat of romney were a lot deeper than that. >> chris christie is a harbinger of the future in a sense. he is an imperfect messenger because he has a weight problem and a little bit too much of a mouth on him, but set into th
is at sandy hook elementary school in honor of the 20 children and six adults killed there. exactly one week ago it was 9:30 connecticut time when the shooting started happening at that sandy hook elementary school. there are obviously no remarks scheduled for this memorial at this church. we saw three people ringing the bell. at least two clergy member there is. and states are taking part in a moment of silence as well. including colorado, oregon, and nevada. governor jerry brown in fact asked all californians to pause and reflect at this moment. president obama and the first lady also observing moments of silence from the white house at exactly 6:30 this friday morning. one week since the shootings at sandy hook elementary school. another interesting development that could happen right now. traffic on the internet is expected to plummet. gun control supporters created the website calling for a web blackout. it's an online moment of silence for the newtown shooting victims. companies taking part include aol and adobe. celebrities taking part include former californian governor arnold schwar
attended the sandy hook elementary school mass. >> took time out of my day oremember the fam -- to remember the families. >> reporter: we all bear a burden when children die in violence. >> pray for the victims and pray for ourselves that we may learn from these events. >> reporter: there was no reasoning why these children, why their teachers, after mass he sent a wreath. >> so hard to believe that these little angels are no longer on this earth. it is heart wrenching. >> reporter: names of the victims spoken towards heaven. >> katherine hubbard. >> a lot of people cared even though it didn't happen near here. it was touching to know that everyone cared. >> reporter: connected by grief, united to find some way to end the violence. john fowler, ktvu channel 2 news. >> classes resume today at san jose city college after the campus was shut down because of an alert about a possible armed intruder. >> i feel fine. i didn't feel nervous or anything. they handled it professionally. >> she hunkered down in her office for three hours last night while police searched. ktvu reported live from the sc
to tighten gun laws and curb violence in the wake of the sandy hook massacre. president obama set a january deadline for recommendations from biden's task force and he'll make this a major part of his state of the union address as he lays out a list of priorities for the country. >>> seemingly endsless line of funeral processions will roll through newtown, connecticut. among yesterday's good-byes, family and friends gathered in honor of 27-year-old victoria soto, the teacher killed while trying to shield her young first grade students from a barrage of bullets. paul simon was there to sing soto's favorite song "the sound of silence." meanwhile, the family of 6-year-old victim noah pozner said someone they didn't know was soliciting donations in noah's memory. the official-looking website has since been transferred to the family. >>> new details are emerging about the whereabouts of nancy lanza in the days leading up to the massacre. nbc news learned nancy was on vacation in new hampshire wednesday and thursday of last week, according to a family friend. the friend didn't know where she was
barack obama today asked congress for billions to help new jersey recover from sandy. right after chris christie vetoed a key part of president obama's health care reform. that's next with governor howard dean. and later, the man who made the war on women legit. when you take a closer look... ...at the best schools in the world... ...you see they all have something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higher level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in our teachers... ...so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. is what drives us to broadcast the world's biggest events in 3d, or live to your seat high above the atlantic ocean. it's what drives us to create eco-friendly race tracks, batteries that power tomorrow's cars, nearly indestructible laptops, and the sustainable smart towns of the future. at panasonic, we're driven to make what matters most better. just another way we're engineering a better world for you. >>> the week before the storm, you were out there
sandy. right after chris christie vetoed a key part of president obama's health care reform. that's next with governor howard dean. and later, the man who made the war on women legit. >>> the week before the storm, you were out there, president obama couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag with a fist full of 20s and a tank. then right after the storm was i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. >>> the week before the storm, you were out there, president obama couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag with a fist full of 20s and a tank. then right after the storm was over, you were like this man is a leader. doesn't that -- doesn't that tell you something about the game? what does t
. >> 30 year-old lauren rousseau was a substitute teacher at sandy hook elementary dave commons has more details on that story. >> jill drousseau prepares to the same. his daughter was a teacher at school. as a substitute teacher she had not been given keys to the classroom. >> she did not have the keys to lock the doors on the inside. then she was killed immediately and 16 kids in her room. >> she grew up here but her family is originally from quebec. she had a boyfriend and says she was excited to be teaching at sandy hook. >> she was excited about something she could r a live in and get married and have children but that was cut short. >> earn a living. very sad. >> her car is with her dead. testifying to the power of the shooter's rifle bullet passed through the car coming through the walls and windows of the school's first all the way to the parking lot. >> school resume for new town student grief counselors on hand to help the students to see school as a safe place in spite of the attack. >> moving trucks are taking ness, books from santee elementary to a new school nearby which ha
their first graders off at sandy hook elementary or kissed them good-bye as they got on the school bus an that was the last time they saw their kids. something horrible, something unexplainable happened at sandy hook elementary last week. mr. murphy: when people asked me how are folks doing, i tell them, right now there's a lot of blank looks, these people are trying to process what happened. 20 gleaming, beautiful children were gunned down along with six adults who loved them dearly. by a young man with a sickness that masqueraded as evil that day. so we're left asking, why us is? -- why us? why these little kids? the whys are almost infinite. and in the coming days and weeks, i guess we'll get some answers. but most of them won't have answers. when you peek through this vast darkness of the last few days, there's one thing we know for certain. if we wondered what kind of community newtown was, if we doubted our love for one another, those questions have been answered and been answered definitively. they were answered by the principal, who told her colleagues to run one way so she cou
near sandy hook elementary school rang its bell 26 times for those killed their last friday. connecticut's governor stood with local and state treeders on the steps of town hall with their heads bowed in a moment of silence. this was held at exactly 6:30 a.m. pacific time which is when the massacre started at sandy hook elementary. we're waiting to find out how much internet use was down that morning. and they were also calling for an online blackout. companies taking part included aol and adobe. arnold schwarzenegger, joe montana and jack dorsey, twitter founder participated as well. coming up at 7:16. we'll show you a video posted online by president obama this morning. at 7:17 a letter first lady michelle obama wrote to the people of newtown, connecticut and then at 7:45, the nr will have a press -- nra will have a press conference. >>> john boehner is speaking at the capitol. we're there live. here is taking questions at a live news -- from a live news conference. >> are you willing to give the president a proposal -- >> the president and i had a series of conversations
-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that -- >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> a combo team from the say what categories, richard murdouch of indiana and todd aiken. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that god swended to happen. >> dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwindled throughout the year but aiken and murdoch pretty much shut that door in a couple of sentences. plan to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers. >> people who have come here illegally won't be able to find work and over time those people would tend to leave the country or self deport. >> self deportation by undocumented workers was not by itself responsible for romney's dismal showing among hispanics, but certainly greased the skids. for which romney would have liked to have had aa mulligan, there was this. >> 47% of the people who w
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york city firefighter. hundreds of people waited in lines to pay their respects to sandy hook principal dawn hochsprung, who, of course, died, as she protected her students. just this endless line of funerals. just to see the grief there. >> there have been so many. with 26 victims, i assume we still have some more to go. >> oh, yeah. not done just yet. a few more days of this. i heard of something awful. not to change the mood too much. i pulled this up, too. there was a fake website out there that was raising money for one of the deceased little boys and it came to the family's attention. and they obviously were outraged and rightfully reported to it police. >> it was noah pozner. the 6-year-old little boy. >> before you donate to anything, folks, make sure it's legit, because there is scum out there that would take advantage even of a tragedy like this. >> scam artists. >> so don't believe everything on the internet. >> despicable yet again. >> be careful what you donate to. just make sure it's legit, that's all. >> now a special offering from one of the nation's best elementary scho
said adam lanza may have been jealous of students at sandy hook elementary, believing his mother cared more about them than she did about him. later this hour we'll speak with a teacher about some of the heroism we saw in the schools of newtown on thatae. stay tuned for that. >>> fox news alert on an effort to reach a tax-and-spending deal in washington. the president just spoke at length about negotiations and we'll get to that in a moment. but earlier we heard a stern warning for uncle sam, meaning all of us, from one of the world's leading credit rating agencies. fix the fiscal crisis or risk a downgrade. fitch warning again that it may strip the united states of its aaa credit rating if washington is unable to strike a deal to avert these big tax hikes and spending cuts that we're going to see at the end of this year and also to allow borrowing to rise. now this is not the first time we've heard of these warnings or have seen america's credit take a hit. in 2011, standard & poor's cut its u.s. rating to double a from aaa blaming political brinkmanship for preventing on a agreement
, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-year-old daniel barden, who wanted to be one of them when he grew up. today, vice president joe biden will begin meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss how to prevent another tragedy like newtown. we're going to have more on those talks coming up in just a moment. >>> and new concerns about marijuana and prescription drug use among teens this morning. a new survey finds 23% of high school seniors now admit smoking pot in the last month alone. 7% say they smoke it every day. and 1 in 12 teens now admits to using the stimulant adderall, which treats attention deficit disorder. a significant increase from just three years ago. >>> and finally, a $500 million mystery this morning after a whole lot more than a prayer was left at jerusalem's holiest of sites. a visitor at the famed western wall found an envelope, you guys. it was filled with more than 500 checks, each written for $1 million. the checks were signed but not
will be held for sandy hook principal dawn hoc sprung. last night in pleasanton there was a big outpouring of support. dozens of people were there for a candle light vigil. this was all organized by students and parents at henry moore elementary. they also raised money for the victims and their families. >> it's really important for us to stand as one for our nation, for our kids. >> i think that folks are looking for other people who to be around. during this time. because there are -- there really are no answers. >> the money that was raised will go to the sandy hook school support fund. organizers hope to send a big donation today. >>> at 8:45 this morning. president obama will announce a white house effort to curb gun violence. president obama is putting vice president joe biden in charge of the effort. when president obama went to newtown, connecticut following the school shooting there he promised what he could do to 3re vent such tragedies in the future. >>> congress gets briefed today by the authors of a very critical report at security in benghazi. the independent panel reports th
at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. last friday morning, adam lanza opened fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults. a series of back-to-back wakes and funerals are continuing for the victims. those mourned on thursday include catherine hubbard, benjamin wheeler, jesse lewis, and allison wyatt, all aged six, and grace mcdonnell, age 7. the service was held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy, who is believed to have used her body to shield students from a hill of bullets. 30-year old teacher lauren rousseau was also mourned thursday in connecticut. her partner of the year, tony lusardi, spoke to cnn. >> i want the world to know she was a great person who touched the lives of everyone she ever met, even if he only met her once you like her. she was a great person and did not deserve this. no one deserved this. >> a private memorial service was also held thursday in new hampshire for nancy lanza, the mother of the gunman and his first victim. adam lanza shot his mother in her bed with her own gun before driving to the elementary school. vice-pre
affected by superstorm sandy. the bill faces an uncertainty future in the house. >> reporter: there are a couple of reasons why the $60.4 billion aid legislation for sandy may languagish in the house. number one, the cost, and number two, the calendar. some lawmakers are uncomfortable with the costly package, with the nation's tight economic situation they might want to scale it back or include cuts elsewhere. here is one gop congressman from south carolina. >> we live in hurricane alley. it may be me next, my district after the next hurricane. we absolutely have to pay for it. it's the right thing to do. we cannot continue to borrow this much money to pay for things that we want but want to pay for out of our tax money. >> reporter: the possible holdup in the house prompted the governors of new jersey, new york and connecticut to send a letter -- >> reporter: the second difficulty for the house, the calendar. they're running out of time. house gop speaker john boehner, who has signaled he does support some kind of sandy aid, has not decided whether or not to bring it up for
for a possible weekend vote. the senate passing is good news for the victims of sandy, but the bill is also packed with projects that have nothing to do with the storm, like a new roof for the smithsonian museum. i'm sure there would like a new roof, but this is supposed to be for hurricane victims. millions for tree plantings and towns which sandy did not even pass, let alone damaged. my next guest says that is why they should have voted against it. american majority action spokesman, i just saw your tweet. you're talking about, what was it, $200 million for alaskan fisheries. you said, why alaska? >> i don't know. alaska is the only state in the union where you get a plate -- paid to live. they all have to pay taxes. they can afford fishery project. the bigger project is, why was this in the emergency bill for hurricanes in the? doesn't make any sense. 9 billion will be spent in 2013. 85 percent doesn't come until 2014 and beyond. that's not immediately. what this bill is fundamentally is a poor bill. what the senate could have done is passed the clean $9 billion loan through -- through t
to the one used in sandy hook and when asked about it they said this was scheduled before this happened. i mean, we shouldn't think that the opposition to change is going go away. >> no. the opposition to change is not going to go away, but what folks need to understand, chris, and you -- i watched your coverage from connecticut. your passion was a reflection of not just that community, but the country. this cut deep and this really resonates with people in a way that i think if we're not careful on the right that this could wind up really, really devastating and the longer term protections of gun advocates and owners want to keep in place under the constitution and under the second amendment to be able to own and, quote, bear arms. if they're careful and you come out hard charging and heavy handed holding options while they're burying kids several hundred miles away. >> who are 6 and 7 years old. i don't think we can say that enough times. >> absolutely. i think we lose an opportunity to actually get this right, and i think the country wants that to happen. >> michael steele, governor ren
the misery caused by hurricane sandy. >> it's thursday, december 13th. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning is a look inside the mind of a 22-year-old sandwich shop clerk who went on a shooting rampage at a suburban portland shopping mall. here is what we know about the young man. his name is jacob tyler roberts. friends say he was usually upbeat, sweet even. suddenly quit his job last week. his ex-girlfriend said he announced he was going to move to hawaii. he never followed through on that. instead police say he put a hockey mask on and headed toward the clackamas town center mall on tuesday afternoon. ended up killing a dedicated hospice nurse and respected former radio executive. critically wounded a 15-year-old girl before he finally committed suicide. it all brings us right to dan simon. he's live from suburban portland this morning. what else do we know about jacob roberts? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. his name surfaced less than 24 hours ago so it's still a bit early in the investigation. but the thi
lost many friends and collegues that day. he says the massacre at sandy hook elementary brings up those painful memories from nearly 20 years ago. >> what is disappointing to me is we are 20 years removed and it is still happening. and it is happening more frequently now and it is seen to be accepting. as the regular course of events and that is a huge failure! >>reporter: after the incident at 101 california sheldon and other survivors formed the law center to prevent gun violence. tuesday they wrote this letter to the president obama urging stronger gun control lawsincluding the reinstatment of the federal ban on assault weapons. >> i have been in a building that was under attack if that ever happens again i hope that there is less of a chance for a person that might knock on my door and it will able to shoot 30 rounds%. >>reporter: he hopes that the mass murders in conneticutserves as the tipping point to move this country in a safer direction. >> somebody killer in 21st graders somebody telling them in a safe community in connecticut that tested get somebody going? if that does not
this was intriguing. we've obviously, since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary, a lot of talk about gun control and what can be done. president obama talking about it publicly and emotionally. here's president obama with david gregory yesterday talking about guns. let's come back and we'll quickly talk about it. >> here's the bottom line. we're not going to get this done unless the american people decide it's important. and so, this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. with public opinion, there's nothing you can't do, and without public opinion, there's very little you can get done in this town. >> so, i like that because it's a recognition of the facts, which is that politicians tend to be a reactive, rather than a proactive species, even the president of the united states. so, let's talk about his public opinion point. where is public opinion? it's moved a little bit on guns, but how much has it moved? >> marginally. you saw pew had their poll out where it went from like 42% to 49% -- >> in terms of people supporting stricter -- >> right, exactly. >> yeah. >>
, of course, is can the outrage following sandy hook be sustained? i want to show a graphic that talks about sort of how we've covered these events immediately after they've happened. not just the sandy hook shooting, but the previous shooting of gabby giffords, et cetera, and this washington post graphic actually shows new stories about gun control. the aurora shooting and the representative gabby giffords shooting, but if you look at that kufsh, it quickly falls off in the weeks thereafter. as horrible assist sandy hook was, is there any chance with all the other news with the fess cal cliff, with everything else that, we can sustain the level of outrage long enough for a task force to produce legislation that can pass? >> i think if it was ever going to happen, it will happen now. we're seeing things we have never seen the president do, and we're seeing thing in congress we haven't seen quite at this level. i mean, the president for the first time in his entire time in the white house is actually talking about gun control, period. that alone is progress. the only things he has done to dat
that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a news conference next hour. the gun rights groups will comments on the shooting as it faces impassioned calls for tighter gun control. poppy harlow, jason carroll are in newtown on this somber morning. poppy is the at the town's memorial. good morning, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, carol. let's look at what has become this small makeshift memorial that began the day after the horrific shooting, has grown into something beautiful, it is blocks long, it is across the street and people will gather this morning and across this town to remember the 26 lives that were lost one week ago at 9:30 a.m. as you said church bells will toll 26 times for the victims, also the president and the white house will take that moment of silence. 28 governors from across this country have asked residents of their state to participate in moments of silence. peop
on sandy hook elementary school that left 20 students and six adults dead. vice president joe biden will meet with law enforcement officers from across the country today. he is leading a new task force charged with finding ways to reduce gun violence. funeral services for five more victims are being held today. cbs reporter marlie hall joins us with a new call for action. >> reporter: connecticut senator richard bloomenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met wednesday with a group called newtown united. residents who came together after the shooting to push for a ban on assault weapons. >> good morning, everybody. >> reporter: they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president joe biden will look into banning assault weapons. but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure tha
asked churches and places of worship to ring their bells 26 times in honor of the sandy hook victims. on wall street, the nasdaq will also observe a moment of silence. about an hour later at 10:45 a.m. this morning, the national rifle association will hold its news conference outlining what it calls meaningful contributions to make sure something like this never happens again. >>> the president's task force on reducing gun violence already getting to work. vice president joe biden met with cabinet members and law enforcement officials yesterday as he prepares to deliver recommendations to the president no later than january. >> you know better than anyone what is needed out there and what, i think the public has learned about you is you have a much more wholistic view of how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country than you are ever given credit for. >> speaker boehner who has an a-rating from the nra took an open stance when asked about the white house task force. >> we join the president in mourning the victims of the horrible tragedy in connecticut. when the vice pr
today. >>> and meantime, we've learned that sandy hook elementary students are not expected to resume classes until january at an empty school building a nearby town. there's also new information about the gunman. there are reports his mother could no longer handle him and he became upset after learning she was taking steps to have him committed to a psychiatric facility. this morning, the chief medical examiner in connecticut says he's searching for any genetic clues that could help explain his behavior. apparently, he had little contact except for his mother and he stopped speaking to his father and brother in 2010. >> thousands of people started lining up yesterday in the cold, in san francisco, just to get a free holiday meal this morning. brian flores is outside glide memorial church. you've been out there since this morning. what's going on? >> reporter: a sea of people, at least a block long. thousands of people in line. some have been here as early as yesterday afternoon to get a free meal. every year, grace memorial church does this children where any give a bag of groceries
adam oepd fire in sandy hook elementary school, but a person that knows him says he hadn't had communication with his son in about two years when adam cut his father out of his life about the time the elder lanza remarried. until then, peter lanza, an executive with ge, seen in this linked in photo, had weekly visits with adam. according to the same source that told us lanza didn't live the in the newtown since 2001, eight years before his divorce with ex-wife nancy was finalized. in the hours after the shooting a reporter for the stamford advocate outside peter lanza's house told cnn lanza was unauto wear of his son's involvement in the shooting. >> i said we received a report that somebody at this address is connected to the shooting in newtown. his face just went from -- you know, he'd been this very polite stranger making pleasantries with me, and he went from that to sort of shock and then just this horrified look. essentially declined comment, rolled up his window and went inside his house. >> since then he released a statement expressing condolences for victims' families
the pull back because of hiring being depressed because of hurricane sandy. maybe you'll see some of that in the next month, but this was a strong report on its surface. digging in the numbers. look at the right side on that graphic, 14.4% underemployment. the percentage of people working, eligible in the work force, 63.6%, you want that higher, too. >> we also learned about 350,000 people last month simply gave up and stopped looking for work, and that potentially caused that little drop in the unemployment rate. >> that's right. that's important to note, too, 350,000 gave up working. these could be people that are retiring early, taking early social security and they're getting out of the labor market. it could also be people, wolf, who have been on extended unemployment benefits, they roll off the benefits, try to find work for a couple months, they don't, so they drop out, too. >> are the november numbers part of a trend we've been seeing? what does this portend down the road. >> you have on average 151,000 jobs a month, the monthly average. the last couple months before now w
heroically with nothing in her hands. but she takes him out. >> talking about the principal at sandy hook. this is an idea that's catching on. take a look at the map. lawmakers in oklahoma, tennessee, florida, virginia, texas, minnesota, south dakota, nevada, and oregon are open to arming teachers. >> what i'm suggesting is that we have campus responders. two or three volunteers that are on the staff, whether administrators or teachers or staff members. hopefully maybe prior military or prior law enforcement. but people who are trained who will be armed and when the first shot is fired on the next campus they can respond and meet lethal force with lethal force. >> the liberal blog site mother jones did a two-month investigation on this very topic. it found more guns doesn't equal fewer mass shootings. it points out, quote, america now has 300 million firearms, a barrage of nra-backed gun laws and record casualties for mass killers. the site quits dr. stephen hargarten at the medical college of wisconsin. he says, quote, armed civilians attempting to intervene are actually more likely to i
sandy which obviously affected millions of people and really caught the public's imaginationment but it didn't end. coverage of other hurricanes h there is a beginning, a middle and an end. the fact is what sandy did or seems to have done is to take the idea of climate change from an abstraction, something that scientists and experts debated, to something that millions of people along the east coast and in manhattan and staten island and the other boroughs in new york city experienced for themselves and it started a debate. we don't know obviously what the long-term consequences are, but it does suggest there is something different about this story and its long-term implications. >> woodruff: and it's interesting, michael, because we've had big storms in this country before. >> sure. >> woodruff: but there was something different about this one? >> i think people are getting a little more alert to it politically. and one thing that historians of the future do is if something terrible happens, if climate change over the next 50 years or so achieve great injury to this earth, histo
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